Urszula Snigurska

Mentor: Dr. Ann Horgas
The College of Nursing
 
"The reason why I got involved with research is that I was interested in exploring its background. I was curious how a real scientific research progresses and leads to results useful for us. In addition to this, I was attracted to the idea of cooperating with a research team and obtaining an invaluable hands-on learning experience in the field of my interest."

Major

Nursing

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Pharmacogenetics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Adult and Elderly Nursing

Academic Awards

  • UWC Davis Scholar, 2013
  • UF Honors Student, 2013
  • Golden Key Member, 2014
  • University Scholars Program 2016

Organizations

  • University of Florida Student Nurses' Association (UFSNA)
  • National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA)
  • University of Florida Nursing College Council (NCC)

Volunteer

  • UF Health Shands Hospital Volunteer

Hobbies and Interests

  • Listening to music
  • Watching movies
  • Traveling
  • Learning Spanish

Research Description

Analyzing Medication Data in Community-Based Clinical Trials of Older Adults: Effects of Aspirin and Other NSAIDs on Cognitive Status
Many older adults experience chronic pain and take analgesic medications. In our prior research, NSAIDs were the most commonly reported analgesic medications among community-dwelling older adults. NSAIDs, including aspirin, are classified as potentially inappropriate medications for older adults by the Beers Criteria 2012. Continuous NSAID use carries an increased risk for serious adverse effects, such as GI bleeding. However, NSAIDs may have benefits as well. For instance, aspirin is widely taken for cardio-protective purposes. However, studies are mixed not only with regards to whether aspirin is neuroprotective or neurodegenerative, but also with regards to whether aspirin is more or less neuroprotective or neurodegenerative than other NSAIDs. Because reported NSAID use is so prevalent among community-dwelling older adults, it is important to further investigate the relationship between NSAIDs and cognitive status. Therefore, our project will investigate the relationship between NSAIDs and cognitive status in a sample of community-dwelling older adults.